Whether you want it or not, the next FEAR game will be free-to-play and online multiplayer only.
After WB's acquisition of Monolith Productions, the developer was put to work on multiplayer-only games such as Gotham City Imposters and Guardians of Middle-earth. As a result, WB handed the work of the FEAR series over to Day 1 Studios, which had worked with Monolith to port the original game over to consoles. FEAR 3's reception was lukewarm at best. Though it was a decent shooter, it failed to capture the horror elements of the other two games in the series.
Now, online games publisher Aeria Games has picked up the series for a free-to-play online multiplayer sequel. The game will feature team-based combat modes and ten different maps.
"We are thrilled to present the next entry in one of the most popular horror franchises of the last decade," stated Aeria Games' vice president of PC games Tom Nichols. "FEAR Online will bring back the tense, heart-pounding action that the series is known for and make it accessible to a huge online community of competitive players."Those interested in the new FEAR Online game can sign up for the beta via the game's official website.